themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2006
2005 Vintage. Excellent old style ale. Needs to mature to bring out all of its potential, however, it still is worth a fresh once-over. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange\brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus, and fruit. Flavor is smooth, sweet, caramel, fruit, citrus, with a hoppy bitter finish. Good body, damn good brew. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2005 vintage. Pours dark amber with tan head. Medium strength aroma of rich sweet malts just as a Barleywine should smell. Full and rich mouthfeel. Excellent flavor with several layers of sweetness: fruity, caramel, cherries, plums and some less sweet grain malt. Just enough hop bite along the some less sweet malts to keep the overall sweetness in check. Alcohol is moderately apparent. Very good beer and will be better with age. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 (Bottle at home) 2006, 13,25%. Pours clear dark red with a small, light brown head. It smells sweet malt and some dried fruits. Soapy hops. Fruity. Alcohol, toffee and blacklead. A bit of sweetness. Smells young. Bread-like. Alcohol taste. Toffee. Fiery and sweet. Pepper. A bit chocolate. Spicy. Some caramel-sweetnes. Long, burning aftertaste. Rich carbonation. Good body. The taste will probably get more pleasent after a few years. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2006
12-oz., ’05, 11.4%abv. Pours deep, almost murky brown with a thin ring of off-white head that’s almost thick enough to cover the top right at first. The aroma is huge with fruit--you can smell this beer from a couple of feet away. There are the faintest streams of carbonation rising (near the bottom in a semi-unusual hollow stemmed glass), but in the main this is an intensely thick beer that doesn’t encourage a lot of moving around by the bubbles. The palate feels beautifull carbed though--the bubbles are definitely there. A little bit boozy-hot on the finish, but not unpleasant at all. Truly a winter warmer. Toffee, cherries, port, and maybe a hint of gingery bite carry the palate. This beer is always a pleasure, even way out of season.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
2006 vintage. Poured a deep reddish mahagony with a thin off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is very pungent, caramel dipped cherries come to mind. There is also is mellow alcohol aroma that does not burn like some high alcohol beers but is still strong and almost makes me feel drunk just smelling it. Flavor is suprisingly smooth for a 13.25% abv beer, though it is still strong, it has a mellow caramel malt base with light roasted flavors hiding in the shadows. Hops are there though not at any kind of barleywine quantity. Sweet though balanced with the high alcohol. The burn of the alcohol is similar to a well aged single malt, you know its there but it is does not burn to the point of being undesirable. I prefer the 2005 vintage, but this is still one hell of a beer. Would be interesting to try sfter 5 to 10 years of aging. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
2005 Vintage. Pours a dark red nearing brown body with rim head. Aroma is vinous with some caramel and dried prune fruit. Taste is malty, sweet and slightl alcoholic. Warming beer with a lingering bitter finish. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
2006. Pours a deep reddish amber. Aroma of raisins and alcohol. Tastes of raisins and dried fruit (lots of fruit). Strong flavor with an alcohol bitting finish. Sweet without much bitterness. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Very warming and good. rederic (3342) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2006
2005 bottle, hazy deep mahogany hue, with atan-colored head, but falls quickly, nice malty alcoholic nose, with some pruney, raisiny, plumy notes, nutty accent, hint of brandy, with a toffeeish and caramel aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a smooth malty character, with a velvety fruity accent of candied raisins, plums, with caramelized malt, hint of crème brulée and rum leading towards a warming butterscotch finish. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle at Plan B. Dark amber coloured with almost no head. Sweet and roasted. Malty with notes of dark fruits.